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"Beats of Smiles"
Amr Ahmed | Music video/spoken word/animation | 05:01
Two Loyola College students bring Chicago together every week through their very unique dance and music style. Their exploration of Chicago's cultures makes them the signature of Chicago culture.
"Blue Sky Inn"
George Desort | Documentary | 04:55
Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe serves white cheddar chive scones, lemon blueberry coffee cake muffins & locally-roasted, organic fair trade coffee. It also provides jobs to some of the most difficult to employ youth in Chicago, including youth with criminal backgrounds, youth who are homeless, with little or no work experience, and incomplete educations.
"Dua"
Sammy Jenkins | Drama | 04:54
A young Muslim girl struggles with her identity in a post 9/11 community.
"HOME"
Chris Folkens | Music video/spoken word/animation | 04:36
"HOME" is an experimental film piece utilizing spoken word poetry to showcase the diversity of Chicago, then illustrate how our combined efforts toward education, love, and family all lead us to a brighter future...where Chicago is truly "home" to everyone.
"In This Together"
J. Andrew Ramsey | Music video/spoken word/animation | 02:30
Three up-and-coming Chicago poets were asked to write a poem about what unity means to them. Here's the result.
"Tony & Janina's American Wedding"
Ruth Leitman | Documentary | 04:12
"Tony & Janina’s American Wedding" is a cinema verite’ documentary that gets to the heart of the broken U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski's family is torn apart when Janina and their 6 yr old son Brian are deported back to Poland. Set on the backdrop of the Chicago political scene and featuring Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez at the heart of the. ... More
'All Natural'
Dan Mihail / Ilko Davidov | Documentary | 05:05
Chicago Hip Hop icons, All Natural, overcome obstacles throughout their career and are put through a test when faith and passion for music collide.
+space
+space | Mobile digital media | 05:05
+space, a group of interdisciplinary students, work to transform vacant lots and underused spaces in the city of Chicago. For our pilot project we collaborated with Enlace Chicago, a community development organization in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, to transform 4 vacant lots into community managed pocket parks.
1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim
Anida Yoeu Ali | Music video/spoken word/animation | 05:03
In this video, narratives collide with music, poetry and politics to create a complex and layered experience. A poet, dancer, angel, prisoner converge with community to speak, deflect, and intervene against racial profiling and hate crimes. This convergence exemplifies a spirit of defiance and resistance from communities of people who refuse to end in violence. This spoken word video is a collabor/ ... More
A Neighborly Neighbor
Michael Butler | Comedy | 05:02
When a hotheaded man in a Chicago apartment building is frustrated by his neighbors' music, his complaining creates an unexpected community.